Women's Soccer
Illini Head West to Sun Devil Classic in Tempe

Senior Christina Farrell and the Illini will head west to take on Arizona State and Arizona in the Sun Devil Classic this weekend.
Senior Christina Farrell and the Illini will head west to take on Arizona State and Arizona in the Sun Devil Classic this weekend.

Sep 5, 2013

 Game 5: Illinois (3-1) at Arizona State (2-1)
 Date Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
 Time 9 p.m. CT
 Location Sun Devil Soccer Stadium | Tempe, Ariz.
 Live Stats ASU Live Stats
 Live Video ASU Live Stream
 Series History First meeting

 Game 6: Illinois (3-1) vs. Arizona (3-0-1)
 Date Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
 Time 1 p.m. CT
 Location Sun Devil Soccer Stadium | Tempe, Ariz.
 Series History First meeting

 Sun Devil Classic Links
 Preview Interviews Coach Rayfield | Christina Farrell | Jannelle Flaws
 Social Media @IlliniSoccer   |  Facebook | Instagram
 Game Notes Illinois | Arizona State | Arizona

Illinois is...
...on a three-game winning streak
...leading the Big Ten with 17 goals in four games
...playing Arizona State and Arizona both for the first time
...No. 21 by Top Drawer Soccer, receiving votes in NSCAA poll

Sun Devil Classic Preview
Illini Head West: Illinois will take its three-game winning streak out west this weekend when it takes on a pair of Pac-12 foes for the first time in school history at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Illini (3-1) are set to face host Arizona State (2-1) on Friday (Sept. 6) at 9 p.m. CT at the Sun Devil Soccer Stadium followed by a Sunday (Sept. 8) showdown at the same site against Arizona (3-0-1) at 1 p.m. CT.

Scouting the Sun Devils: The Sun Devils are coming off a 2012 season in which they qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons. They opened the season with a 2-0 shutout against Cal State Northridge and split its pair of matches last weekend with a 3-1 loss at Texas A&M and a 3-1 win at Stephen F. Austin. Sophomore Cali Farquharson leads ASU with four goals, while senior Devin Marshall and sophomore Sara Tosti each have scored once. Seventh-year head coach Kevin Boyd returned eight players who started 14 or more games last season.

Scouting the Wildcats: After finishing 6-11-3 in 2012, Arizona has not lost in its first four games of 2013 and has only allowed two goals under first-year head coach Tony Amato. The Wildcats opened the year with a 4-2 win at Florida International followed by a 1-0 shutout at Florida Atlantic, a 6-0 win against UCR and a 0-0 tie at No. 24 Ohio State. Junior Alexandra Doller paces the squad with three goals on just six shots, while senior Jazmin Ponce is second on the team with a pair of goals on a team-high 20 shots.

Flaws Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career following her outstanding performance last week. The Glenview, Ill., native scored four goals on 13 shots in Illinois' pair of wins over the weekend, which included her first career hat trick on Sunday against Illinois State.

Flaws tallied the final goal on Friday in Illinois' 6-2 rout of College of Charleston, where UI notched its most goals ever in a home opener. On Sunday against ISU, she posted three goals, becoming the first Illini to record a hat trick since Niki Read against Ball State on Aug. 26, 2011. Flaws leads the Illini with five goals this season, which also is tied for first in the Big Ten. She has accounted for nearly a third of Illinois' 17 goals, the most in the Big Ten through four games.

Balanced Attack Leads Big Ten
Ten different Illini are responsible for Illinois' Big Ten-leading 17 goals this season. The Illini rank first in the Big Ten in goals (17) and points (48) ahead of Michigan (14 goals, 46 points) in each category. Forward Jannelle Flaws is tied for first in the Big Ten in goals with five, while junior Allie Osoba, sophomore Nicole Breece and freshman Casey Conine are tied for 10th in the conference with two goals. Four different Illini, sophomores Megan Green and Anastasia Medellin and freshmen Meegan Johnston and Allison Stucky, each scored their first career goals in 2013, while seniors Vanessa DiBernardo and Megan Pawloski round out the Illini scoring with one goal this year.

200th Win in School History
With its 5-1 victory over Illinois State on Sunday, Sept. 1, Illinois recorded its 200th victory in school history. Beginning in 1997, Illinois soccer has compiled an overall record of 200-123-25 (.611) with 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 seasons. Head coach Janet Rayfield (143-81-22) is responsible for 72 percent of those wins in her 12 seasons at the helm.

Last Time Out
Illinois dominated its first two home games of the season, topping College of Charleston, 6-2, in the home-opener and downing Illinois State, 5-1, last Sunday. The Illini totaled 16 goals (5-6-5) in their past three wins, equaling the second-most in a three-game span in school history behind the record 17 goals (8-6-3) scored in 2000.

On a steamy Friday night at the Illinois Soccer Stadium, Illinois scored its most goals ever in a home-opener, dominating College of Charleston with a 6-2 victory. Six different Illini scored goals, as the Orange and Blue never trailed and held a 33-5 shot advantage over the Cougars. UI's six goals equaled its highest output under 12th-year head coach Janet Rayfield and matches its most goals in a game since tallying eight in 2000 against Western Illinois (10/27/00). The Illini last scored six goals in a game on Oct. 7, 2007, against Iowa.

The Illini received goals from freshman Allison Stucky (29'), junior Allie Osoba (47'), sophomore Nicole Breece (53'), freshman Casey Conine (60'), sophomore Megan Green (82') and redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws (88').

Against Illinois State, Osoba scored 16 seconds into the game and Flaws earned her first career hat trick, as Illinois posted its third-straight win with a 5-1 victory over the Redbirds. Osoba's goal 16 seconds into the contest was three seconds shy of the fastest goal in school history, which was 13 seconds by Lindsay Johnson against Penn State on Nov. 11, 2001.

Flaws is the first Illini to score three goals in a game since Niki Read against Ball State on Aug. 26, 2011. The forward, who entered 2013 with three career goals, already has a team-high five on the season. Senior Megan Pawloski also had her first goal of the season against ISU.

Offensive Firepower on Display
The Illini have totaled 16 goals (5-6-5) over their past three games, equaling the second-most goals in a three-game span in school history behind the record 17 goals (8-6-3) scored in 2000. The Orange and Blue topped Louisville, 5-4 (OT), on Aug. 25, downed College of Charleston, 6-2, in the home opener on Aug. 30 and dispatched Illinois State, 5-1, on Sept. 1. The 16 goals over three games is the most ever under 12th-year head coach Janet Rayfield, while the six goals in the home opener was the most in program history. Illinois has combined to score 15 goals or more in three consecutive games six times in program history.

DiBernardo Called up to U.S. Women's National Team
Senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo was called up to replace injured Megan Rapinoe on the U.S. Women's National Team for the USA's Sept. 3 match against Mexico at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. The Naperville, Ill., native trained with the U.S. WNT, but did not earn her first cap. She only missed one game with Illinois (Sept. 1 vs. Illinois State).